Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has been continuing its review of Council Policies, in the process updating them as necessary, turning some into staff directives or in some instances where there are overriding State or Federal laws/regulations repealing them. As policies are updated they are placed on Council’s website for community perusal at http://lpsc.nsw.gov.au/index.php/my-council/council-policies.
According to LPSC GM, Ron van Katwyk, it is vital that policies are reviewed on a regular basis to ensure they are consistent with government legislation and Council’s obligations to provide best practice governance for the community.
“Our Anti-Discrimination and Equal Employment Opportunity Policy has been reviewed and the revised version adopted. This policy is to ensure that Council meets all legislative and moral obligations in providing equal employment opportunity for both its existing workforce and also in the recruitment of any future employees. Equal Employment Opportunity means that all employment and promotion decisions are made on the basis of merit,” Mr van Katwyk said.
“Council has converted its reviewed Corporate Property Policy into a Directive. The Corporate Property Policy was originally created to guide Council’s decision making in respect to a range of property and investment matters. After review, the policy as it stood is no longer considered to be relevant as the content is covered under legislation and associated best practice guidelines. Consultation provisions have been incorporated into the new Directive. Repeal of the Policy is undertaken in accordance with the provisions of the Local Government Act 1993,” he said.
“The Employee Leave Balances Policy has been reviewed and adopted as a Directive. Its purpose is to ensure that Council meets its obligations under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 and Long Service Leave Act 1955, as well as reducing Council’s future financial liability with staff required to take accrued leave within a reasonable time period of it falling due,” he continued.
“A number of policies reviewed have been repealed in their current form as they are either covered within other Council documents or by overarching State and/or National legislation. These include The Electricity Supply to Rural Subdivisions Policy, The Swimming Pool Barrier Inspection Policy, The Retailing in the Shire (Itinerant Vendors) Policy and The Subdivision and the Provision of Services Policy,” he said.
“Decisions made by local government must be made in a way that is consistent with local government principles and obligations to provide transparent and effective processes, and decision-making in the public interest, sustainable development and management of assets and infrastructure, and delivery of effective services, democratic representation, social inclusion and meaningful community engagement, good governance of and by local government and ethical and legal behaviour of councillors and local government employees,” Mr van Katwyk concluded.